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The National Safety Council has made it easy to become an Authorized Defensive Driving Course Instructor with our eLearning Instructor Authorization Program, high-quality instruction in an interactive, web-based environment. Learn about NSC Defensive Driving Courses, proven-effective facilitation techniques and training skills to deliver a successful driver safety program. With eLearning, you can schedule training at your convenience, and eliminate travel time and expenses.

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To become an authorized Defensive Driving Course Instructor through our eLearning Program, NSC recommends first attending the course you wish to teach. You also must successfully complete the following Authorization Course sessions:

  • DDC Foundation: Introduces defensive driving principles, reviews standards and regulations and discusses course-specific terminology
  • DDC Facilitation: Reviews the instructor's role, responsibility and proper classroom management
  • Choice Theory: Candidate instructor must read Choice Theory by William Glasser, MD, and pass a test before proceeding to the final module
  • Course-Specified Training: Covers the curriculum for the course you plan to teach

*Choice Theory Session (Unit 3) of the Instructor Authorization Course is required for all new Defensive Driving Course Instructors, excluding Professional Truck Driver.

View content outline and timing for each session.

IMPORTANT: State regulators in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Connecticut require that NSC customize its driver safety training so drivers that complete our program in those states can take advantage of the state's driver benefits (insurance discounts, ticket dismissal, point reduction). To teach an NSC Defensive Driving Course in these states, additional NSC training beyond the eLearning Instructor Development Course is required. Call (800) 432-5251 to learn more.

Get Started

  • Contact us at (800) 621-7619 to register for the Instructor Authorization Course and order your Instructor Resource Kit*
  • Simply sign in and complete your Instructor Authorization Course**
  • Start Teaching!

*Payment for Instructor Course and Instructor Resource Kit is required prior to beginning the authorization program.
**Your Instructor credential is included when you complete the Authorization Course. Instructor reauthorization is billed annually after that.

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